Lenovo ThinkPad T530

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Model: Lenovo ThinkPad T530
CPU: Intel Core i5-3210M
Ram: 8GB DDR3 1600
Hard Drive: default: 320GP 7200rpm
Integrated Video: Intel HD 4000
Dedicated Graphics: NVIDIA NVS 5400M - 1GB (with Optimus Technology)
Optical: DVD-RW (UBE w/SWR)
WiFi Chipset: Realtek RTL8188CE

Base System

  • You can follow the Beginners' Guide for this
    • Basically everything that is there is what is needed, I will expand on the extra configs and weird tweaks that may be needed.
    • Go up to not through the GUI configurations, since we may be changing some things.


Internal speakers, headphones (including optional auto-mute) and HDMI audio-out work out-of-the-box.


You should have installed the xorg-server xorg-xinit and xorg-server-utils packages.

Also, I am going to assume that you have the same set-up as me so you'll need to do the following items.

I was in process of configuring Bumblebee, but after trying it both ways on my T530 - I don't really see a huge gain for the pain. So I dropped it. In my specific case, if I really need the (potential) extension to the battery life, you can just turn off the Dedicated card in the BIOS.

Note, I do not have Systemd up - so I am not including that stuff (most default users won't at this point either).

Intel HD 4000

You will need to install the xf86-video-intel package.

# pacman -S xf86-video-intel


Now you have a few options as far as what driver to use.

Arch recommends the xf86-video-nouveau driver, which is Open Source. However, while it has fast 2D, it only has basic 3D support and does not fully support power saving at this point.

# pacman -S xf86-video-nouveau

The other option is the nvidia package, which supports 3D and provides power saving. That being said, however, it will take some configuration to get it right. See the nvidia page for config.

Probably a waste, but I disabled this card in the BIOS for when I don't use it. Took battery from ~2hrs to ~4.5hrs

Input (TrackPoint)

You need to add a new file to handle the TrackPoint events (mostly the Middle Button handling horizontal and vertical scrolling, the MiddleClick works by default).

Create /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-trackpoint.conf with these contents:

   # vim /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-trackpoint.conf

Section "InputClass" Identifier "Trackpoint Wheel Emulation" MatchProduct "TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint|DualPoint Stick|Synaptics Inc. Composite TouchPad / TrackPoint|ThinkPad USB Keyboard with TrackPoint|USB Trackpoint pointing device" MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*" Option "EmulateWheel" "true" Option "EmulateWheelButton" "2" Option "Emulate3Buttons" "false" Option "XAxisMapping" "6 7" Option "YAxisMapping" "4 5" EndSection

Once you reboot - you should be good-to-go with both vertical and horizontal scrolling while holding the middle TrackPoint button.


Both the Ethernet and wireless are supported by Arch out of the box. All the available Intel wireless cards are very well supported, including good powersaving. The Lenovo branded (Realtek) card does not work as well and does not support powersaving on Linux.